Amazon on Monday announced it has terminated its $1.7 billion acquisition of iRobot, the maker of consumer robotic vacuums, on mutual conditions.
After Amazon broke its four-picture deal with Woody Allen last year following allegations of sexual misconduct, his film A Rainy Day in New York, which was part of the deal, will now release in Italy by Lucky Red, Italian media reports have said.
Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York was to release sometime later this year by the streaming platform as part of its deal. However, with Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan Farrow again bringing to light sexual abuse charges against him, the deal fell out.
Farrow had first accused Allen in 1992 and the case was dropped in 1993 by the New York Department of Social Services after no substantial evidence was found to support the claim.
However, since 2013, Farrow has written to various news organisations and spoken on various public platforms about the abuse. Many established actors from Hollywood, who had earlier worked with Allen or hadn’t, have since refused to work with him altogether.
A Rainy Day in New York stars Timothee Chalamet, Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez and Jude Law in the lead. The romantic comedy, which was completed in 2018, was sold to the Italian producer by Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment, according to variety.com .
The film will release on October 3 and is likely to premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September. Lucky Red had previously released Allen’s 2017 Wonder Wheel, starring Kate Winslet.
Following the fallout with Amazon, the director had sued the company for $68 million.
In the wake of the #MeToo movement and the resurfaced allegations against Allen, actors from the film too have distanced themselves from him. Chalamet and Gomez have donated their pay from the film to Time’s Up and other organisations.
Publishing houses in the US recently refused to publish his memoir, which is Allen’s defence against the allegations made by Dylan Farrow, daughter of veteran actor Mia Farrow.
Allen is working on a new film, backed by Barcelona-based Mediapro, which has financed several other of his movies, including Midnight in Paris.